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Our Tractor Trailer Ride and the Reptile House Is Closed.

Tropical
Rainforest

Golden Lion Tamarin

Named for the mane of fur around its head and bright coloration. They live in small family groups of about 4 or 5 animals, sometimes more, consisting of a breeding pair and their youngest offspring.

The young will stay with their parents after they are weaned and will help their parents raise the newest young. Dominant female Golden Lion Tamarins physically discipline subordinate females so much that they will not come into season and will not breed. Parents have a strong pair-bond and will stay with each other for life. They have long narrow hands and fingers, which they use to probe for insects and other possible food sources that may be hiding under tree bark.

DID YOU KNOW? Tamarins cannot grip objects very well because their thumbs are not completely opposable - an exception in the primate family. 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Mainly soft fruits and insects but also flowers, nectar, eggs, invertebrates and vertebrates such as reptiles, amphibians and small birds, and reported to gnaw tree bark to obtain gum.
Callitritchidae
12 years wild
early 20’s captivity
Endangered
Atlantic coast of south-eastern Brazil.
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